Meet our Team

Jacie Knight

Artistic Director/ Founder

Jacie is known for her commitment to developing extraordinary artists and exceptional leaders from the young people of the Twin Cities community while providing highest-quality theatre experiences for families. Over twenty years, she has directed and produced more than 50 main stage productions and written 11 plays for YPC.
Other theatre organizations Jacie has worked with as a freelance director and arts educator include: History Theatre, Steppingstone Theatre for Youth Development, Child’s Play Theatre (now Stages), Children’s Theatre Company, Climb Theatre and Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Jacie has been a fellow with the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute and received her BA in Theatre from Augsburg College.

612-623-9180 x100 — jknight@youthperformanceco.org

Ron Lattin

Development Director

has been a public affairs and business consultant specializing in working with organizations, people and causes that promote corporate responsibility, good government and more effective nonprofits. Most recently, he has been working with nonprofit leaders to strengthen their organizations in strategic planning, fund development and improved program management. Prior to that, Ron served as Executive Director of Caux Round Table, USA, part of a global nonprofit that engages with business and political leaders to design intellectual strategies, management tools and practices to strengthen private enterprise and public governance to improve the global community.

612-623-9180 x105 — rlattin@youthperformanceco.org

Sherilyn Howes

Associate Director

has been with Youth Performance Company since 1992. She is responsible for the day-to-day business management of Youth Performance Company and provides significant production assistance, from making props to painting sets to serving as dramaturg. Sherilyn is also the staff liaison to YPC’s Young Artists Council (the youth leadership board). She manages the box office and is the primary contact for all social media ventures.

612-623-9180 x101 — showes@youthperformanceco.org

BOARD of DIRECTORS

Deb Brisch-Cramer, President
Eve Bassinger
Marjie Blevins
Jennifer Breitinger
Linda Casagrande
Lisa Dejoras
Jill Jensen Coghlan
Miriam Johnson-Dunkirk
Nina Jonson
Stephannie Keller
Julie Kendrick
Rich Knowlton
Leah Lewis-Frazier
David Maggitt
Susan Misukanis
Annie O’Connor
David Peterson
Chad Pitman
Kevin Ramach
Maggie Thaden
Keri VanOverschelde
Brenda Vaughn